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ECOsystems or EGOsystems of Education?

  To say that schools are changing right now is a gross understatement. Between technological, social and cultural transformations happening right now across the U.S., there are new trends becoming apparent everywhere, schools included. This paper puts the massive changes happening throughout the education system into context to help readers understand what’s happening, and why […]

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The Crisis of Disengagement—A Tip Sheet by Adam Fletcher

Personal Engagement is the sustained connection a person has to the world within themselves. —Adam F. C. Fletcher In places throughout our society, people are wrestling with a challenge that feels insurmountable: People just don’t care, they aren’t showing up, or they’re not doing what we need them to, what they’re supposed to do, or even what […]

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3 Ways to Look Inside

Carl Jung once wrote, “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” While a lot of things in our world want us to watch shiny, flashy stuff going on around us, the practice of personal engagement encourages us to look inside. That doesn’t mean […]

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You’re Responsible for Your Freedom

For the last few days, I’ve been in a dialogue about the nature of freedom. I’ve been asked several questions, and I’ve answered them openly. I’m reducing the conversation down to the key questions, and I want to share those answers with you here. Question One: “Is someone free if they need someone else to […]

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Steinbeck Quote

Tonight, I’ve started testing a new brand. My project formerly known as “Engaging In Your Self”, “Personal Engagement” and “Heartspace” is now going to be called “Be Your Own Hero”. Tonight I made a new meme for it based on a quote from John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men: “As happens sometimes, a moment settled […]


The Future of Education

Here are a few articles I’ve written about the future of education, youth, society and more… Truth Changes: Seven Ways the Future will be Different for Youth The Future of Youth Engagement Go Team Youth! Beyond a Future of Youth Boosterism Forcing the Future Killing the Future of Youth History Versus the Future? A Future […]

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5 Ways to Face the Fear of Living

 “Slap! Slap! Slap!” The sound of flip flops slapping across the old oak floor of the gym greeted me every hot summer night of 1995. That year, I was a determined youth worker in the neighborhood I grew up in. The news blared to the rest of the city that our hood was racked by […]

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Using the Engagement Box

More than a decade ago, I attended a seminar where the facilitator talked about clients’ walls. They felt stonewalled by someone they were trying to reach out to. Focusing on in-person meetings, using the phone, email and even social media, this facilitator shared 5 ways to destroy client walls and overcome reluctant prospects. From the start, […]

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Unpacking #Youthification

There’s a conversation afoot about “youthification,” which means acting younger. Apparently, moms do it, businesses should do it, neighborhoods are doing it, and entire cities want to do it more. After reviewing several articles about this term, I have identified several assumptions in the conversations about “youthification”: All Youth Are the Same: This conversation about youthification generally revolves around the idea that […]

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It’s a DIY Life.

I believe that we can each change the world. I believe we can all change our lives, too. After all, it’s a DIY life. Here’s why.   We have to look at the details. The real challenge of changing the world and changing our lives is to learn to see nuance and acknowledge subtleties in […]